On Toni Gonzaga's argument, I understand where she's coming from but I disagree that a mere song can change the mindset of someone that hears it. It will all depend on the person if he/she would allow simple music to affect his/her lifestyle and way of thinking.
I strongly believe that we listen to music purely for fun, entertainment purposes, self expression, inspiration, emotional release, and just to pass the time. We choose the songs because of its catchy tune, the artist, and the lyrics. In this time of music downloads and gadgets, everyone is exposed to songs from all over the world.
About the issue with Lady Gaga, she may look and act weird but that does not mean she's Satanic or evil. Her lyrics may contain uncommon words and phrases but it does not summon the Devil. People are becoming judgmental, shallow, and overacting. They focused too much on Lady Gaga and her music instead of the more pressing issues in our country. They even conducted a prayer vigil! As if it would prevent the artist from spreading her music. Plus, Gaga and her songs have been in the music industry for years and even topped the charts. Her popularity is unstoppable.
Ordinary people like me who regularly listens to songs and are exposed to Lady Gaga's music, or from other artists for that matter, are just having fun bobbing heads or singing to the beat. There's nothing weird or hypnotic that happens after listening. There might be some lyrics that we could relate to or be considered quotable, but nothing changes in terms of personality or attitude on the part of the listener.
There is a huge possibility of idolizing an artist or celebrity and creating a fan base, but that does not necessarily mean that we have to be like them and sacrifice our own identity. A song cannot change a person into someone he/she is not. The understanding of the meaning of the lyrics is based on how the listener perceives it.